Old High St. Stephen's, Inverness

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Month: August 2017

Faith in the storm: Sermon at Stephen's on Sunday 13 August 2017, Proper 14 (Year A, RCL)

Scripture Readings: Romans 10:5-15
Matthew 14.22-33

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

Votive ship in Nexø Church on the island of Bornholm, Denmark By Hberlin - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15968261

Votive ship in Nexø Church on the island of Bornholm, Denmark
By Hberlin – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15968261

In our text from the Letter to the Romans today, Paul reminds his readers- members of a small, persecuted Church- that we Christians live by faith in Jesus Christ. We are saved by confessing that Jesus, whom God raise from the dead, is Lord- the One we can put all our trust and hope in. This is our message- a Gospel of hope for all people, without exception. It’s an inclusive Gospel- in Paul’s day, good news for both Jews and Gentiles; by implication, an inclusive Gospel for people of all nationalities and races and religions. The good news is that ‘…everyone who calls out to the Lord for help will be saved’.
And then Paul writes:

But how can they call to him for help if they have not believed? And how can they believe if they have not heard the message? And how can they hear if the message is not proclaimed? And how can the message be proclaimed if the messengers are not sent out? As the scripture says, “How wonderful is the coming of messengers who bring good news!”

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Listen to him!: Sermon on Transfiguration, Old High Church, 6 August 2017

Scripture Readings: Exodus 34:29-35
Luke 9:28-36

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

Today’s Gospel reading- the story of the Transfiguration of Jesus- is a strange, even unlikely, tale. And it’s been an interesting story for me to live with. Because for months now, whenever I have read the Bible, or thought about a Biblical text, I have done so just for myself. I’ve read and I’ve thought about the Bible, and heard others speak about it, in sermons or conversations. And, as always, the words of the Bible have brought me comfort and challenge.
But this week, for the first time in months, I’ve read and I’ve prayed and studied and wrestled with a Biblical text; and I’ve done it not just for myself, but for you folks as well. I’ve been asking- is there a Word from the Lord for in this story? And how can I speak that word to my congregation this Sunday?

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